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Municipal Services Discounts for Monrovia Seniors, Veterans, Low Income Residents


Did you know that Monrovia residents may be entitled to discounts of 5% or 25% off their municipal services bill? Yup. 5% off for seniors (65 and older) and 25% off for veterans and low income residents. Here's the sign-up form: http://goo.gl/iIZYVh . Thanks to former City Council candidate Stephan Grollnek for the tip.

- Brad Haugaard

Fire Training Exercises Above Monrovia; New Fire Division Chief; Movies in the Park; Clear-Your-Brush Letters


In his weekly report ( http://goo.gl/h2MVgG ), City Manager Oliver Chi reported these things ...

~ LA County Fire Department will be coordinating a training exercise on Friday, May 6, from 8:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. at Helispot 44-B in Monrovia, located north of Norumbega Drive (past Valmont Drive) just below Sawpit Dam.

~ The city has selected Jeremy Sanchez as its newest Fire Division Chief. He will be overseeing emergency preparedness, policies, technology, volunteer services, and brush clearance.

~ The Schedule for summer-time Movies in the Park. (All movies at dusk, about 8 p.m.)
- AntMan (PG-13), Saturday, June 18, Monrovia Historical Museum.
-  Hotel Transylvania 2 (PG), Saturday, July 9, Julian Fisher Park
- Star Wars: The Force Awakens (PG-13), Saturday, July 23, Station Square Park
- The Good Dinosaur (PG), Saturday, August 6, Grand Ave Park

~ The City sent out almost 1,500 brush inspection reminder letters this past week to remind hillside residents about removing dry brush.

- Brad Haugaard

Ferris Bueller's Day Off Movie at Library


Free screening of the modern film classic, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Saturday, May 28, 10 a.m. at the Monrovia Public Library. To reserve free tickets call 205-4308 or email movie@monroviaproviders.org. Light refreshments and aging resources. Presented by Monrovia Providers Group: www.monroviaproviders.org

Monrovia Old Homes Tour A Success


Monrovia Historic Preservation Group reports that its old homes tour was a success, with more than 450 people attending. http://www.mohpg.org/

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Police: Flying Car Lands in Front Yards; Stolen Make-Up Bag; Domestic Violence; Keying Car; Etc.


[Monrovia Police activities from the Police Department's Neighborhood Watch Report for April 28 – May 1. - Brad Haugaard]

Following are the weekend’s highlighted issues and events.

Vehicle Burglary
April 28 at 1:02 p.m., an officer responded to the 300 block of W. Maple regarding a vehicle burglary. A witness heard the sound of a window shattering. The witness saw a heavy-set, male Hispanic, 20-40 years old, reach in through the shattered window of a parked vehicle. A white, newer-model truck with no plates pulled up next to the male, blocking the view, so the witness could not see if he took anything from the vehicle. The male suspect entered the passenger side of the truck and they fled west on Maple, then north on Mayflower, out of sight. Officers searched the area for the truck, but were unable to locate it. The victim arrived and told officers her makeup bag was stolen from the driver's seat of the vehicle. The investigation is continuing.

Domestic Violence – Suspect Arrested
April 29 at 5:32 a.m., officers were dispatched to the report of a male and female involved in an argument, which had escalated and become physical. Officers arrived and interviewed the subjects. They determined the male subject had physically injured the female and was the primary aggressor. The male subject was arrested for domestic violence. The female was advised of her rights and available assistance.

Vehicle Vandalism
April 29 at 7:25 p.m., a vehicle vandalism was reported at a business parking lot in the 300 block of W. Huntington. The victim was inside the business shopping and upon exiting the store, he observed the suspect key his vehicle. The suspect is a former roommate the victim had evicted several months prior. The victim believes the suspect is now homeless. The suspect was not located. The investigation is continuing.

Non-Injury Traffic Collision
April 29 at 8:40 p.m., the Foothill Air Support Team helicopter observed a vehicle that was traveling at a high rate of speed lose control at the intersection of El Nido and Hillcrest and it landed in the front yards of two properties. Officers responded and located the vehicle and the driver. The driver said he was traveling 40 to 50 miles per hour, heading east on Hillcrest. When he passed El Nido, he lost control and went airborne. He landed onto two properties in their front yards. Police received several calls from residents who heard the accident. No one was injured.

Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol – Suspect Arrested
April 30 at 2:25 a.m., an officer observed a vehicle drive through a stop sign at the intersection of Magnolia and Evergreen. He conducted a traffic stop and discovered the driver had been drinking. After performing field sobriety tests, the driver was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol and held for a sobering period.

Shoplifting – Suspects Arrested
April 30 at 12:38 p.m., officers responded to a business in the 1600 block of S. Mountain regarding a theft of tools that just occurred. The two adult, male suspects were detained by officers, driving away from the scene in a white Chevrolet Tahoe. The tools were recovered and returned to the store. The two suspects were arrested and taken into custody.

Family Disturbance / Drunk in Public – Suspect Arrested
May 1 at 12:25 a.m., officers were called to a residence in the 900 block of S. Mayflower where a family was involved in a verbal argument. One of the subjects had left prior to police arriving, but she was located on an adjacent street talking on her cell phone. The subject was found to be extremely intoxicated and unable to care for herself. She was arrested for being drunk in public and held for a sobering period.

Monrovia Council: Regulating Massage Establishments; Hotel at Myrtle and Huntington; Etc.


At its next meeting ( http://goo.gl/d3tnaN ) the Monrovia City Council will consider ...

- An amendment to the Monrovia Municipal Code to regulate "Massage Establishments and Massage Practitioners," bringing it into compliance with current state law. (It looks as if the amendment would tighten regulation of massage.) http://goo.gl/wJbuXz

- An exclusive negotiating agreement with Tharaldson Hospitality Development to build a hotel at the southwest corner of Myrtle Avenue and Huntington Drive. http://goo.gl/SK1P1u

- Granting a conditional use permit for a 12-unit residential condominium development at 530 Fano Street. http://goo.gl/Te71GT

- Leasing 200 acre feet of Main San Gabriel Basin water production rights from the Azusa Valley Water Company for $128,248. http://goo.gl/EYn0uh

- Renaming Grand Avenue Park to Kiwanis Park at Grand Avenue since the service club has done a lot of work for the park. http://goo.gl/2h0VZF

- Brad Haugaard

Dinner at Taqueria El Diablo



Dinner last night at Taqueria El Diablo, at the corner of Myrtle and Olive. Got a chorizo burrito for $8 and a medium watermelon agua fresca for $3.50. Good. 
- Brad Haugaard 

Monrovia High Football Star Going to Air Force Academy


Monrovia High football running back Lawrence Spicer has accepted a scholarship to the Air Force Academy. http://goo.gl/wbDBwY

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia's AeroVironment Adds Encrypted Communication to Military Drone


Monrovia-based drone maker, AeroVironment, has integrated an encrypted communication link into its Switchblade drone. Comment: Uh, maybe I'm missing something here, but was Switchblade - a military drone - actually communicating in the clear before? http://goo.gl/MiydHa

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Police: Injury Accident; Bike Theft; Truck Theft; Graffiti


[Monrovia Police activities from the Police Department's Neighborhood Watch Report for April 25-27. - Brad Haugaard]

During the last seven-day period, the Police Department handled 431 service events, resulting in 65 investigations.

Grand Theft Bicycle / Warrant – Suspect Arrested
April 25 at 7:06 p.m., an officer was dispatched on the report of a bicycle theft that just occurred at Mayflower and Huntington. As the officers were responding, they saw the suspect with the stolen bike at Fano and Alamitas, and they detained the suspect. The suspect was arrested for grand theft and an oustanding warrant.

Traffic Collision with Injuries
April 27 at 2:39 p.m., a traffic collision was reported at Foothill and Mayflower. A female passenger was seen running from the scene. Officers located the female, who claimed she ran to avoid the police. The male driver was contacted and taken to a hospital for a head injury, which was sustained in the accident. He was later released. The other driver sustained no injuries.

Vandalism
April 27 at 5:17 p.m., a witness called police to report two juveniles writing graffiti on a fence in the 200 block of W. Cypress. Officers responded and located a male and female juvenile. The male subject was found to be in possession of a marker and admitted to writing the graffiti on the fence. He was arrested and later released on a citation to appear in court.

Vehicle Theft
April 28 at 5:31 a.m., a resident in the 200 block of E. Los Angeles returned to his vehicle that had been parked in front of his residence and found it had been stolen. The vehicle taken was a Chevy Silverado SS. The investigation is continuing.

Hero Cub Scout Honored at Monrovia City Council


Cub Scout William Kurutz was honored at Monrovia City Council meeting for his actions to help his mother in a life-threatening situation. http://goo.gl/139mHf

- Brad Haugaard

CPR on the Sidewalk


Monrovia Fire & Rescue will provide free hands-only CPR training on Sidewalk CPR Day, Thursday, June 2, 2016 at Library Park from 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Last year, more than 17,000 people in Southern California learned how to save a life in just five minutes with a quick lesson from local firefighters and medical professionals through the coordinated LA County- wide Sidewalk CPR Day program.

"Thanks to easy access to training, Citizen CPR is rapidly growing as a way to empower bystanders to save a life when someone suffers sudden cardiac arrest," said Captain Chris Huson. "We are glad to team up with the Los Angeles County Emergency Medical Services Agency and the American Heart Association to bring Sidewalk CPR to our local community. With 80 percent of all cardiac arrests occurring at home, we need to help family and friends learn how to double or triple their loved one's chance of survival."

Learning hands-only CPR helps local emergency responders by focusing on the first few critical minutes following a cardiac arrest.  Since the lungs and blood contain only enough oxygen to keep vital organs healthy for that amount of time, bystanders become heroes until emergency responders arrive on scene. With each chest compression using hands-only CPR, ordinary citizens can easily provide the ongoing blood flow needed to give the patient a much better chance of survival once responders arrive.

Once trained, citizens are encouraged to download the PulsePoint app, which was activated in Los Angeles County last August. More than 33,000 CPR-trained citizens have downloaded this lifesaving app to receive notifications that someone nearby is in need of CPR.  To learn more, visit the PulsePoint Foundation website at www.pulsepoint.org.

Only 32 percent of victims receive CPR from a bystander. Don't be a bystander in a cardiac emergency, be a lifesaver! For more information about this upcoming training, contact Captain Chris Huson at (626) 256-8119 or chuson@ci.monrovia.ca.us.

Source: Monrovia press release

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Historic Homes Tour (Not on Mother's Day!) | Letter Carrier Food Drive


~ Monrovia Historic Preservation Group's Historic Homes Tour on May 1 (not on Mother's Day), 10 a.m. top 4 p.m. See five homes and two museums, including Spanish Colonial Revival, Craftsman, and English Tudor Cottage. Details and tickets here: http://goo.gl/ZoqfQj

~ National Letter Carrier's Food Drive, Saturday, May 14. Leave non-perishable food by your mailbox and your letter carrier will take it to the Post Office where Foothill Unity Center will gather it. Details: Betty McWilliams at betty@foothillunitycenter.org

UPDATE: I accidentally had the food drive on the wrong day. It is on May 14. Changed it to be correct. Sorry 'bout that.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Baseball Headed For Championship? | 38 Degrees Review


~ Monrovia over La Canada. "The Wildcats are marching toward their second consecutive league championship." http://goo.gl/MQ5CJ7

~ Merrill Shindler review of Monrovia's 38 Degrees restaurant. Summary: He likes it. http://goo.gl/JPcY7I

- Brad Haugaard

Zip Code Day in Monrovia?


Kelly, a reader of MonroviaNow, suggests that Monrovia should celebrate Zip Code Day - 91016. In other words, September 10, 2016. My ever-practical wife asked, "What do you do on Zip Code Day?" I love the idea of Zip Code Day, but ... I dunno, what do you do on Zip Code Day? Anybody have any ideas?

- Brad Haugaard

261-Unit Apartment Complex Next to Monrovia Train Station


Details about the 261-unit apartment complex planned for next to the Monrovia train station. http://goo.gl/2lOVSB

- Brad Haugaard

Highways and Byways Art Exhibit at Monrovia Gallery



Saga Fine Art, 110 W. Lime Avenue, across the street on the south side of Library Park, has a new exhibit, Highways & Byways, Freeways & Footpaths, running through May 30. Gallery Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 1-6 p.m.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Sets Up Committee to Consider Switching Back to Rotating Mayor; Train Depot; When Will City Dig Up Streets in Your Neighborhood; Etc.


In his weekly report ( http://goo.gl/Eamz7o ), City Manager Oliver Chi writes ...

- The city has set up a "Directly Elected Mayor Advisory Review Committee" to consider switching Monrovia from a directly elected mayor system to one in which each member of the City Council would rotate into the role. First committere meeting on Wednesday, April 27, at 4:30 p.m. at City Hall.

- The Historic Preservation Commission HPC will review a proposal by Daylight Limited, LLC, to rehab the old Monrovia train depot at a special meeting on Thursday, May 12, at 7 p.m.

- Monrovia is going to be digging up streets to replace ancient water and sewer lines. If you want to know what is planned for your neighborhood, there's a meeting Wednesday, May 11at 7 p.m. at the Monrovia Public Library Community Room.

- The San Gabriel Valley Council of Governments will be hosting a stormwater workshop at the Monrovia Community Center (119 West Palm) on Tuesday, May 3, 10-11:30 a.m. (This is the stormwater issue that could cost Monrovia $231.1 million.) If you want to go, register here: https://goo.gl/VmVrZH

- Learn CPR. LA County Department of Health Services and Monrovia Fire Department are holding a a Sidewalk CPR program Thursday, June 2, from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., at Library Park.

- The Library's "fee forgiveness" offer resulted in 186 items returned to the library.

- NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory will teach Kindergarten through 5th grade students about meteorites on Wednesday, April 27, from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the Library. Film, activities, art projects.

- El Día de los Niños, or Children's Day, celebration on Saturday, April 30, from 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. at Station Square Park, a multi-cultural celebration of children and books! Kid's activities, plus family Zumba.

- The library is looking for volunteers who are entering 7th through 12th grades to assist with its Summer Reading Program. Volunteers should work well with children and adults, have good organization / communication skills, and be excited to promote the Summer Reading Program to our community! Application here: http://tinyurl.com/zo5glgp

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Police: Forklift Stolen; Unlocked Car Stolen; Robbery Suspects Arrested After Ruckus; Etc.


[Monrovia Police activities from the Police Department's Neighborhood Watch Report for April 21-24. - Brad Haugaard]

Following are the weekend’s highlighted issues and events.

Wanted Persons – Suspects Arrested
April 21 at 9:00 a.m., officers responded to a family disturbance at a home in the 500 block of South Magnolia. When they arrived, a computer check of the two females causing the disturbance revealed they were wanted by another law enforcement agency in Los Angeles County for robbery. They were arrested and taken into custody.

Violation of Domestic Violence Restraining Order – Suspect Arrested
April 21 at 2:34 p.m., officers were dispatched to a residence in the 1000 block of Royal Oaks on the report of a male family member who was refusing to leave after being served with a domestic violence restraining order. Officers advised the subject of the conditions of the order and gave him several warnings and chances to leave, however, he refused. He was arrested and taken into custody without further incident.

Grand Theft Auto
April 22 at 8:38 a.m., a forklift was reported stolen from the 500 block of West Huntington. The forklift was parked to the rear of the location. It was not secured to a fixed object, but the keys were with the driver. The forklift was stolen sometime overnight. The investigation is continuing.

Bench Warrant / Receiving Stolen Property – Suspect Arrested
April 22 at 9:25 a.m., an officer was conducting an investigation regarding the possible unlawful use of a credit card. During the investigation, the officer learned of a possible location for the suspect in the 1400 block of S. Magnolia. He went to the location on Magnolia and found the suspect. The suspect was arrested for an outstanding warrant and receiving stolen property.

Grand Theft Auto
April 22 at 7:11 p.m., a vehicle was reported stolen from the 100 block of E. Lime Avenue. The victim parking her vehicle in a public parking lot and walking to a business on Myrtle. When she returned to her vehicle approximately 10 minutes later, she found her vehicle had been stolen. The victim had left the vehicle unlocked, but had the keys in her possession. The vehicle is a 2006, silver, 4-door Toyota Corolla. The investigation is continuing.

Public Intoxication – Suspect Arrested
April 22 at 11:23 p.m., officers were called to a business in the 400 block of S. Myrtle regarding a subject at the location who was intoxicated and attempted to leave without paying his bill. Prior to the officers arriving, the business owner blocked the subject from leaving the location. The officers arrived and determined the subject was too impaired to care for himself. He was arrested for public intoxication and held for a sobering period.

Unlicensed Driver / Resisting a Police Officer – Suspect Arrested
April 23 at 2:03 a.m., an officer observed a vehicle commit a vehicle code violation and attempted to stop the vehicle, but the driver sped up and made several turning movements to evade the officer. The officer lost sight of the vehicle, but relocated it in the 300 block of S. California. The driver stopped the vehicle, but fled on foot. He was quickly detained in an alley, east of California. The investigation revealed the suspect is an unlicensed juvenile who had taken his father’s vehicle without permission. The suspect sustained a minor injury while being taken into custody and was taken to the hospital for medical clearance. He was then processed for the charges and later released to a parent with a citation to appear in court.

No-Bail Warrants / Resisting Police Officer / Causing Great Bodily Injury / Possession of Drug Paraphernalia – Suspect Arrested
April 23 at 10:43 a.m., an officer saw a suspicious vehicle parked in the area of Sherman and Cherry. He ran the plate, which had two no-bail warrants attached to the registered owner. The subject near the vehicle fit the description of the registered owner. As the officer attempted to make contact, the suspect fled on foot, ignoring the officer's commands to stop. The officer caught up and attempted to detain the suspect, who resisted and began fighting with the officer. The suspect broke free and ran through yards, jumping fences. Other officers arrived and set up a perimeter. Within minutes, the officers were chasing the suspect through a property in the 500 block of E. Cherry. The suspect was eventually detained and taken into custody. A computer check confirmed the two no-bail warrants for his arrest. The suspect was arrested for obstructing and resisting arrest, battery on a police officer and the two warrants.

Public Intoxication – Suspect Arrested
April 23 at 3:48 p.m., officers responded to the 500 block of King regarding a verbal altercation. When they arrived, they detained a subject in front of the location who was yelling at people. The subject was determined to be extremely intoxicated and was determined to be unable to care for himself. He was arrested and held for a sobering period.

Driving Under the Influence – Suspect Arrested
April 24 at 2:18 a.m., an officer observed a vehicle commit a vehicle code violation and made a traffic stop. While contacting the driver, the officer noticed signs of intoxication. Investigation revealed the driver was driving under the influence. He was arrested for DUI and held for a sobering period.

Possession of a Controlled Substance – Suspect Arrested
April 24 at 10:21 p.m., a suspicious subject was reported looking into parked vehicles with a flashlight in the area of Foothill and Violet. Officers located a subject matching the description on Violet and made contact with him. As they approached, the officer saw the subject discard a baggie of narcotics. The suspect was arrested for possession of a controlled substance and later released with a citation to appear in court.

Trespassing – Suspect Arrested
April 25 at 12:56 a.m., a suspicious subject was reported inside a vacant property with a flashlight. Officers arrived and located a subject who had made entry into the vacant home through a rear window. The subject was just released from jail on the narcotics offense listed above. The suspect was arrested and taken into custody on the trespassing charge.

Monrovia Days Music Festival




Monrovia Days Music Festival, May 15, noon-7 p.m. at Library Park. Rock, pop reggase, blues and more. Craft beer garden, vendors and artisans, food trucks, kids activities.

12-12:45, The Gem City Jazz Cats (Jazz)
12:45-1, Smokey Miles (Blues)
1-1:15, The Whistling Diva (Champion Musical Whistler)
1:15-2, Who’s Clayton (Acoustic Pop Folk)
2-2:45, Crimson Apple (Alternative Pop)
2:45-3:15, J Mosley and the LME Allstars (Acoustic Salsa)
3:15-4:15, Relish (Dance Rock)
4:15-4:45, Nigel Walsh (Americana)
4:45-5:30, Dread Daze (Reggae Fusion)
5:30-5:50, The Whistling Diva
5:50-6, TeamLz (Hip Hop Dance Duo)
6-7, Chase Walker Band (Blues).

Details: http://goo.gl/uc5fcv

- Brad Haugaard